Measure twice, cut once is a saying that I have heard all of my life but it was never more useful than when I was trying to install my fence. If you do not make some careful calculations you will end up paying too much for materials that you won’t use. Or have a fence that meanders all over your yard. Here are a few tips that I picked up by trial and error:
- When you have the correct measurements for your fence posts, don’t rely on them alone. Go ahead and cut a dowel to the height you need and use it as template. It is much easier to visually compare it to the post than measuring each one.
- Figure out how far apart that you need your posts. 6 to 8 inches is standard but it depends on what kind of fence that you are using and how hard you need it to be to get out of. Once you have the spacing, sink stakes along the fence where the posts should go. Then use kite string or something similar to run from stake to stake. This will help you visualize the fence and iron out any problems before you build it for real.
- Make sure that your posts are dug deep enough. 1/3 of the total length of your post should be sunk into the ground. If you do not go deep enough then your fence will not bear up under its own weight.